Builder Christchurch Dorset (BH23): With such a diversity of building contractors and builders to select from in the Christchurch area, it can be fairly difficult to pick the best one for your proposed construction project. From house builders, specialist building contractors, to general builders; how do you know which to pick? To find the right builder for your specific needs, below are some useful advice and tips.
Whatever the extent of your building challenge; a loft conversion, a full house build, a home extension or just a new garden wall, you want a reliable, qualified and professional Christchurch builder to carry out the work. Start out by asking for recommendations from neighbours and friends. If they're pleased with a builder they've used then put them on your shortlist as you will need to get more than one estimate for the work.
The next best way to uncover a reputable Christchurch builder is to ask specialists within the industry. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) keeps a list of signed-up members that all come guaranteed and with an FMB insurance backed warranty as standard. An approved FMB building company gives you the self-confidence in knowing that your project will be succesfully done even if things appear to be going wrong, or unforeseen delays in construction occur.
You'll have to prepare a few things before asking a professional builder in Christchurch for a quotation. An accurate quotation can only be put together if you explain in detail the scope and requirements of your construction project. If it's quite a big construction project you can ask your building contractor to manage all stages, from design and planning to the actual construction works, while smaller building tasks should enable you to have some designs and ideas ready and prepared to show a contractor in order to receive an exact quotation.
Have a written brief of all your requirements along with photocopies of architect's drawings to hand to each Christchurch builder who provides a quotation. By having such paperwork ready it establishes a defined plan which a professional contractor will be able to use as a template for the undertaking. When you get your quote you should also be given an approximated timeline for the building project.
Certain Christchurch builders will typically quote a lower price than the others, but you need to ask yourself how they're able to do this without cutting corners or using low quality components. If you don't receive a reasonable response then it might be best to move on to an alternative builder and avoid any possible stressful situations owing to potential escalating costs costs as the build proceeds.
Don't make any rash decisions when selecting a builder in Christchurch, or feel pressured into picking one in particular; a great suggestion is to hold back for twenty four hours and look over all of the job quotes once again. You need to pay special attention to anything that's NOT included in the final price. Some building contractors may not itemise rubble and building waste removal as an example. All building waste must be removed and disposed of correctly and if it isn't included in the quote you have to ask who's liable for the clearance of the site on completion.
If you've got a particular style or design you want for any fittings and fixtures for your construction project in Christchurch, these should be included and highlighted the quotation. Given that specific fixtures will need to be procured from various retailers, your written brief should have as much detail as possible with regard to the accessories you want, to enable the builder to provide you with an accurate price. If the price quote doesn't specify your exact fittings you may end up with a cheaper alternative to reduce costs.
So, you have come to a decision, you have an estimate you're happy with and you've appointed your chosen Christchurch builder. A contract should now be presented to you by the building company to specify details of the project. This contract should be unique to your particular project and will deal with areas like details of fittings and fixtures, clearing of the site before work begins (yours or their responsibility), what materials are to be used, and what will occur if there any delays in or problems with the project. It should additionally discuss any agreed warranty period and what any guarantees cover with regards to construction work and materials.
This contract will also explain when and how payments should be made for the building work in question. If you are asked for a deposit you must be wary of paying significant sums of cash to a builder before any construction work has started. Installments should only be paid when each stage of a building project has been finished, and then only if you are pleased with the standard of the work.
At the end of any project there should be a final inspection of the work involving the client and builder to ensure all construction work has been finished to a good standard and a snag list of minor errors compiled, if necessary. This snagging list should pinpoint any small problems that require rectification in accordance with the contract terms that was agreed by both parties before work began. As both sides carry out a final inspection there must be a mutually acceptable agreement to the contents of the snag list and a discussion should take place as to how the faults will be fixed. The final payment should be made once any snags have been rectified, site waste has been cleared (if part of the contract) and all of the work has been completed.
If you cultivate good lines of communication with your builder, you're establishing a good foundation in the smooth running of your building project. At all times you need to be able to discuss any changes in or problems with your project with the building contractor.. The longer you leave a problem to fester, the harder it is for the building contractor to resolve and creating a good rapport from the outset is vital.
It is entirely possible that you'll be living and in direct contact with the builders for a period of time and on a daily basis, on a substantial construction project. Having confidence and trust in you Christchurch builder's experience, skills and qualifications can make this extra stress that little bit easier to live with. Any memberships, qualifications and accreditations held by the builders from industry professional organisations can help to ease your mind.
Within the building trade there are several professional associations that provide training in building skills and project management for all sectors of the building workforce. An individual builder or building firm can be a member of one of the 30 or more schemes put in place by industry leaders to showcase their expertise, professionalism and dependability. Organisations that are held in high regard in the construction trade are:
The Construction Industry Council - The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the largest of the building industry's bodies with more than 500,000 building professionals and over 25,000 construction consultants listed amongst its members. The CIC is a representative of highly skilled technicians and management level individuals such as technical consultants, designers and site agents.
The Federation of Master Builders - Countless individual contractors and building companies at all levels of expertise have an affiliation with the Federation of Master Builders, and follow their guidelines and recommendations for the building industry. The benefits of hiring an FMB affiliated building contractor are the guarantees and reassurances that this principal trade association offers to its membership and their clients.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme - The minimum required certification for any individual working on a building site is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. To get a CSCS card an individual first has to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment exam and provide written evidence of their qualifications and skills in the building industry.
There are several variously coloured cards in the CSCS scheme, with each one highlighting a different qualification or ability level of the holder. You can find more information and facts and see the different cards and roles on the CSCS website.
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